If you live in Honolulu or have visited in the past several years, you know that traffic can be challenging. According to a new survey, Honolulu motorists spent an average of 60 hours in traffic in 2013. The city has been voted the second highest in the nation–Los Angeles took the top spot–for traffic for the third year in a row.
According to KITV, Honolulu’s traffic problems have become very serious. In fact, the drivers experienced an 18 percent increase in hours spent in traffic congestion from the previous year. More traffic will certainly lead to driver frustration and may also lead to more car accidents as drivers sometimes do whatever it takes to get where they want to go – quickly.
Instead of being in traffic, KITV says that you could:
That’s almost inconceivable. According to the INRIX National Traffic Scorecard Annual Report, a simple trip from Waikele to Honolulu on the H-1 wastes about two days of traffic time per year. The worst freeway corridor in Honolulu stretched from Aolele Street to Moanalua Road. Moanalua Freeway heading eastbound at Middle Street to the H-1 Freeway at Ward Avenue was the second worst corridor in Honolulu.
So, why so much traffic? There are many differing opinions. Some say that Honolulu’s tourist industry simply brings an onslaught of extra cars to the area. Others say that the problem is physical volume. Cars are simply too big and roads are too small.
What other cities made the list? Here’s the top 10, along with total annual hours wasted in traffic:
10. Washington, D.C. (40 hours, down 1 hour from 2012)
Here are some things to avoid when you’re stuck in traffic:
If you’ve been involved in a car accident, contact an experienced Hawaii car accident lawyer to analyze your situation and determine whether you might be entitled to damages such as medical bills, lost income and more.